Employer tipped police in chili-bowl drama

May 16, 2005 at 3:37 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 16 (UPI) -- The employer of the man whose finger turned up in a San Jose, Calif., Wendy's chili bowl had a hand in sealing the case against alleged fraudster Anna Ayala.

Mike Casey, who runs the Lamb Asphalt Maintenance plant in North Las Vegas, said he followed his wife's advice to call the hotline set up by Wendy's for anonymous tips on the chili-bowl drama after he told her one of his workers had recently lost a finger in a work-related accident, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

"I came home and told my wife what was going on" when the news broke May 4, Casey said. "I just had a guy lose a finger. She said, 'You better call the hotline.'"

Lamb Asphalt employee Jaime Plascencia, Ayala's husband, was arrested at his workplace May 4 on unrelated child-support charges.

Authorities have not released the identity of the man who lost his finger or determined how it got into Ayala's hands.

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